Fenn pleased with Ilford efforts

PUBLISHED: 17:19 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:19 12 October 2015

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives out instructions in front of a big crowd at Clapton (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives out instructions in front of a big crowd at Clapton (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Foxes boss draws positives from Clapton clash

Ilford manager Allan Fenn is pleased with the way his side are currently performing and says they should be encouraged by their display at Essex Senior League rivals Clapton on Saturday.

A late equaliser denied the visitors all three points following earlier goals from Luke Thomas, Chris Stevens and Chris Lockwood, but Fenn remains upbeat.

He said: “We can take a lot of positives out of the game. They were second in the league, but once we settled down we were much the better side.

“If we had gone in 3-1 up at half time then I think we would have gone on to win the game. With how they played, we’re disappointed with the defending.”

Clapton grabbed their second goal before the interval and ensured a share of the spoils with the only effort of the second half, in front of a crowd of 761 at the Old Spotted Dog on Non-League Day.

Ilford are currently ninth in the table and Fenn believes his men can be proud of their efforts so far in the campaign, having recently progressed in the FA Vase with a 3-2 win over Woodbridge Town.

He also hopes they can develop further as the season unfolds and the injury list begins to lessen.

Fenn added: “Considering some of the budgets, for us to be in the top half of the league is an achievement.

“But our ambitions are bigger than that. If we can put a full side out then we can beat anyone. At the moment we have nine first team players injured so we’re doing the best we can.”

Ilford travel to Hullbridge Sports tomorrow (Tuesday) and are well aware of the challenges that lie ahead.

“We played them when I first took over and got beat 2-0 in the league and the cup, but we know what we’re up against these days,” said Fenn.

“They’re a good side, no doubt about that. They got beaten 4-0 at the weekend, so I’m sure they’ll want to put that right against us.

“We have some big games coming up so this is a chance for the players coming in to show what they’re all about.”

Ilford’s game against Hullbridge Sports at Lower Road kicks off at 7.45pm.

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